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Cyprus Mail: Press Review in English, 99-01-15

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From: The Cyprus Mail at <>

Friday, January 15, 1999

Papers focus on tragic deaths

MOST of yesterday's papers yesterday concentrated on tragic deaths. The main focus was on the death of Eleni Andronikou, the eight-year-old schoolgirl killed while crossing the road to school. Also featured were the death of a 13-year-old boy who died after a scooter collision with a police car and the suicide of a heart-broken 32-year-old woman.

Alithia differed in giving its attention to a letter sent by President Glafcos Clerides to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. The paper said the letter has sparked a new spate of discussions on the cancellation of the S- 300 missiles. According to Alithia, and various television reports, Clerides in the letter assured Annan that he would not purchase any new missile systems for the time being.

On the death of Andronikou, the paper said "her demise has sunk all her class mates and the Agia Varvara community into deep mourning."

Simerini joined Alithia in focusing on Clerides' letter. The paper said that despite committing himself to not ordering any new missiles, Clerides had clarified that this situation could not go on indefinitely.

Simerini said the letter was the main reason behind UN permanent representative to Cyprus Dame Ann Hercus' visit to New York.

Machi's front page was dominated by the spate of tragedies.

The paper's lead story began: "An eight year-old angel lost her life in front of her terrified father and five year-old brother." The story went on to describe the circumstances of the accident.

Machi also recorded the death of accident victim Nicolas Theodorou, who succumbed to his injuries the afternoon before.

The paper attributed the apparent suicide of Amalia Loucas, 32, to the fact that her Syrian fiancÚ had been deported from Cyprus. Loucas was found in her car outside Larnaca's Tekke.

Her family had been searching for her from that morning.

Haravghi said that Andronikou had asked her father to take her across the street, but that he had remained in the car to watch her younger brother. Eleni had wanted to buy toothpicks for a class project from a shop next to her school.

Phileleftheros began its article on Andronikou's death with the words: "A chair in the third class of Agia Varvara Primary school stayed empty yesterday." The paper said Andronikou had suffered critical head injuries after being hit by a car driven by Anna Theodorou.

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